Building Department / Code and Ordinance Department / Rental Department

23555 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone:  (734) 287-6550
Fax: (734) 374-2732

Administration Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inspector Office Hours
Building Inspectors: Monday through Friday  9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m & 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Inspectors: Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m

Building Department

The Building Department is committed to protect, maintain and improve the health, safety, welfare and quality of life for residents and businesses located in our city through the enforcement of the State of Michigan construction Codes and local ordinances established for those purposes. 

The department oversees and approves all residential, commercial, and industrial construction within the city. Permit applications, plan review and inspections are processed daily.  Staff members assist with the tasks of providing permit information and procedures along with enforcing code compliance. 

The City of Taylor Building Department has adopted the following:  2015 Michigan Residential Code, 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, 2012 Michigan Building Code, 2012 Michigan Plumbing Code, 2012 International Plumbing Code, 2012 International Mechanical Code, 2012 International Fuel Gas Code, 2014 National Electric Code.

Requirements for Building Permit Plan Review

A Building Permit Application that requires plan review must be submitted to the Building Department with 3-sets of plan drawings and a digital copy on a CD or Flash Drive.  Plans received without a digital copy will not undergo review until the digital copy is received.  *No Exceptions*  

Does my application need plan review?  

Residential, Commercial and Industrial permits applications that typically require plan review are not limited to:  Accessory Structures; Additions/Alterations/Dormers; Repairs/Relocations; New Construction; Communication Towers, and Signs

What is the fee for plan review?  

Please visit the plan review fee schedule <click here> to determine your review fee.  Most review fees are based on the value of your construction and a copy of a construction contract is required for the issuance of any permit.

Plan review fees are non-refundable.

Zoning Review Fees

All building/zoning permit applications received through the Building Department are subject to a Zoning Review Fee (ZRF).  (eff. 7-12-10)

A zoning review is performed to determine if the project you are proposing meets the requirements of the City of Taylor Zoning Ordinance.  The fee is collected at the time the permit is dropped off at the Building Department.  Zoning review fees are non-refundable.

The ZRF does not include plan review fees and/or permit fees.  Applications submitted to the Building Department that are subject to a zoning review will not be reviewed until the ZRF has been paid.  

Permits exempt from a Zoning Review:  removal and replacement of existing roofing, siding, windows or concrete.

Zoning Review Fees:

Residential $25.00

Based on project under 1/2 acre................$25.00
Based on project 1/2 to 1 acre...................$50.00
Based on project 1 acre to 5 acres............$100.00
Based on project over 5 acres...................$175.00

How do I know if I need a permit?

Types of work being performed that require a building/zoning permit:  Construction, Repair, Replace, Add to, or Alter any of the following

  • New House
  • New Building 
  • Addition 
  • Garage 
  • 2nd Story/Dormer 
  • Deck 
  • Fire Repair 
  • Communication Tower 
  • Fence 
  • Swimming Pool 
  • Roofing 
  • Windows 
  • Doors 
  • Sign 
  • Siding/Trim/Gutters 
  • Shed 
  • Patio 
  • Driveway/Approach 
  • Public Sidewalk/Service walk 
  • Foundation/Ratwall 
  • Concrete or Asphalt Work 
  • Demolition 
  • Other types of work may require a permit 

It is strongly recommended that you contact the City of Taylor Building Department prior to starting any work to verify if a permit is required.

The Building Department also issues Garage Sale and Special Event Permits.  

They are permitted twice annually by a single business or property.

Garage Sale permits, $10, for five (5) consecutive days [rain or shine], non-refundable

Special Event permits, $500, for seven (7) consecutive days [rain or shine], includes a $100 refundable bond after event has a final site clean-up inspection.  

Rental Department

The Rental Department is overseen by the Building Department and the Building Inspectors.  It was developed in order to oversee the maintenance of the city’s rental stock.  Rental homes and Apartments are required to have inspections every 3 years.

Rental home inspections are $200 and require a one-time registration fee of $50.  If the property changes ownership, the rental unit is required to be registered to the new owner and a new inspection will have to be performed.  

Apartment inspections are $150.


Ordinance Department

The Ordinance Department is operated through the Building Department Building Inspectors and through the Animal Control Officers.  Inspectors and Officers are routinely dispersed through the city to ensure properties are being maintained according to the local code and ordinances.  

City Charter & Code of Ordinances

Ordinance Hotline

City of Taylor has a 24-hour ordinance hotline that allows residents to report violations anonymously.

Residents can call the hotline, (734) 374-0100, any time and leave an ordinance complaint in a voice-mail message. Within 24 hours of the initial call, an ordinance officer will visit the location of the alleged violation and assess the situation.